Fantasy Football 2014 Breakout Player: No. 10 Mark Ingram

By Dom DeCarlo
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Though the fantasy football season is over, it is never too soon to start looking for players to pick up for next season. Many fantasy football players who struggled in the past or who have not lived up to their fullest potential are exactly the players that you want to examine going into the next fantasy football season.

Here, I am going to examine the top 10 players that I believe are worth keeping an eye on and as someone who could have a breakout season in 2014. Let’s start with no. 10.

Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints was drafted to give this high-powered offense a stable running game. He was drafted out of the University of Alabama, and all indications suggested he would do exactly that. However, things have not exactly worked out the way that Ingram and the Saints thought they would.

In his three seasons rushing for the Saints, he has only gained 1,462 yards — not exactly the numbers that a team wants when they draft a player in the first round. They began using a three-RB system with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.

There is a silver lining in all of this. Even though Ingram had the worst statistical season of his career, he took some huge strides towards the end of the 2013 season. He had two really nice games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers. He also had 97 yards rushing and a touchdown on the road in the playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles.

I am not saying that Ingram will turn into the next Jerome Bettis, but I feel that he is definitely a player that people need to keep an eye on in 2014. He is in a three-RB system, but if Ingram can take the reins, he could easily be a 1,000-yard rusher or a touchdown hog near the goal line. He just has to figure it out.

Dom DeCarlo is a Fantasy blogger for Follow him @DomDecarlo1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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